A young Nelson woman studying in New York says she is living her dream.
Former Nelson College for Girls student Claudia Peters, 19, is currently finishing her first year studying drama at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.
Claudia recently met up with real estate agent Sharron Wetere of Remax Elite Nelson in New York.
"Sharron and her company Remax Elite Nelson have already given me huge support so it was fantastic to meet up with her, hear an accent from home and catch up about Nelson. It was also rewarding to show someone around New York whose sponsorship is helping to make my dream a reality."
Sharron visited New York as an extension of a work convention in Las Vegas.
Claudia says she can not describe how much the school has helped her grow as both an actor and person.
As well as learning a range of acting techniques, she has also covered voice, speech and movement classes in front of the camera and in the studio.
Claudia says she chose New York because "it's full of culture and art, and people who want to see you succeed as they share the same passion as I do.
"I am hoping that through the exposure of the school and the skills I have learned, it will start a career for me in the film industry."
However, she says the expenses are huge with the tuition alone costing $23,500. She still needs to raise $7500.
"My family and I are working towards making this possible. But any contribution would be greatly appreciated.
"Last year we had an incredible amount of donations which helped me to get here."
Sharron says Claudia is a vibrant young woman who is so excited to be studying in New York.
"She was so excited to tell me about what she is doing. She misses Nelson, but she absolutely loves being in New York."
Anyone who wants to sponsor or support Claudia should contact Sharron on 021 350 106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.